Lakers’ Andrew Bynum Is Lobbying For More Playing Time
Los Angeles Center Andrew Bynum says he is not getting enough playing time and I must say that I agree with his head coach’s response. Phil Jackson said that Bynum will get more minutes when he improves on defense.
Bynum criticized the Lakers’ defensive scheme after getting yanked from Game 2 early in the second half for his lackadaisical play that led to an easy bucket for Denver.
Jackson was displeased that Bynum didn’t hustle downcourt after failing to get a pass in the post, which allowed Nuggets center Nene to make a layup and draw a foul from Kobe Bryant. So, Bynum took a seat with 7:14 left in the third quarter and never returned, finishing with nine points, two rebounds, one foul and no turnovers in the Lakers’ 106-103 loss that evened the series at 1-1.
Bynum bristled Friday when asked about Denver’s frontcourt prowess in this series.
“They’re getting their stuff because of our defensive scheme. They’re just driving to the basket and nobody’s bumping them,” Bynum said, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Before Game 3, Bynum said he hadn’t discussed his criticism with his coach but he alternately stuck by his assertion and backed away from it.
“Yeah, and I think we went over some different things today, changed it up a little bit,” Bynum said of the defensive philosophies.
So, what exactly was wrong with the defensive scheme? “Not the scheme is the problem. We’re just not executing it,” Bynum said. “You’ve got to take away that middle pass. They’re throwing it into the middle and just getting too much penetration.”
Bynum is insisting that there is no friction between him and his head coach and now says the defensive scheme is just fine. I am wondering if his teammates sat him down and gave him a pep talk about team work, because he is not really execting as he should.